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HomeAnswersGeneral Practitionercat scratch diseaseI got a cat scratch after getting a rabies vaccine. Do I need another booster vaccine?

Can a rabies vaccine protect from a cat scratch disease?

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Answered by

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At May 10, 2023
Reviewed AtJuly 20, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I received three doses of the rabies vaccine and two booster doses three months after the main vaccine a few months back. After the booster shot, a cat scratched me, but the wound was the size of a dot and I do not even think there was any blood. The cat's behavior was very normal and it was seen three days after the scratch. Now, I have a few questions. I did not receive a booster vaccine for the cat scratch and the last vaccine was three months before the cat scratch. Do I need a booster vaccine again? How long will three doses of rabies vaccine and two booster doses with an interval of three months protect my body? Does the rabies vaccine completely destroy the rabies virus or deactivate it? Please help.

Answered by Dr. Rajesh Jain

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I went through your query and understood your concern. Do not worry. You have enough antibodies against rabies. It will prevent infection. Antibodies kill the rabies virus completely. A booster dose once every six months will maintain antibodies. I hope this has helped you. Thanks and regards.

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